GALAPAGOS ISLANDS EXPEDITION CRUISE
SEPTEMBER 27-OCT 5/6 2019
The quality of our veteran staff is the reason the Lindblad name is known and respected for top-quality expeditions. And, since 2004 when Sven Lindblad forged an unprecedented alliance with National Geographic, our guests have enjoyed an unparalleled opportunity: to travel with the finest expedition teams in the travel industry, plus National Geographic expedition explorers, photographers, writers, scientists, and other experts in diverse fields. There simply is no better team anywhere, and no other experience comparable to the quality of insight, engagement and sheer good times our expeditions offer.
Now, thanks to our alliance, you can take a National Geographic cruise on a fleet of ships to the planet’s most extraordinary places in the company of world-renowned scientists, naturalists, and researchers, and explore stunning natural environments alongside skilled specialists using state-of-the-art exploration tools.
Our itinerary & experience make the most of your time & curiosity
Each week of exploring is crafted to offer you a panoramic experience of the archipelago. Within hours of traveling to the Galápagos Islands, you’ll experience an abundance of wildlife. And each day will deliver a new island to discover and explore. And while flexibility is a hallmark of our expedition style, the following is a representative sample of the islands we may visit during your week on board.
|Category 1 = $7,190.00- SOLD OUT||Category 2 = $10,690.00|
|Category 2 = $8,450.00||Category 3 = $11,880.00|
|Category 3 = $9,450.00|
|Category 4 = $10,590.00|
|Suite A = $12,690.00|
Adult from $520.00 per person and $260 pp for children under 12 years of age. Triples are available in select Category 2 and Category 3 staterooms or B Suites. Third person rates are one half per person double occupancy rate.
Purpose built in 2005 for expedition cruising in the waters of Tierra del Fuego, the National Geographic Endeavour II underwent a major refit for Galápagos service in 2016 with an all-new forward lounge, library, gym & spa along with new fixtures and furniture in cabins, new suites and other amenities throughout. Sophisticated and energy efficient lighting, air-conditioning, water-making and other technical features were also installed or replaced for year-round operation in equatorial waters. The ship, which previously carried 136 passengers, accommodates 96 guests in 52 thoughtfully appointed cabins. She is exceptionally nimble and maneuverable, with a shallow draft to get up close, great viewing from all public spaces, an expansive open-air observation deck, large windows in cabins and suites, and state-of-the-art tools for exploration. National Geographic Endeavour II replaced the much loved National Geographic Endeavour in December 2016.
Galápagos with the luxury of choice Accommodating 96 guests in 52 cabins and suites, National Geographic Endeavour II caters to a sociable mix of families, friends, couples and solo travelers. The Galápagos cruise ship offers the choice of suites on two decks, double cabins with beds that can be configured as two twins or a queen, seven sets of connecting cabins for families and friends, triple cabins, and dedicated solo cabins, which are equal in size and amenities to the doubles. All have a large window or windows.
Her dining room easily accommodates our entire expedition community for a single seating, and unassigned table settings make for a gregarious experience for solo travelers and groups. The brand new forward lounge features a redesigned presentation space that offers all aboard chance to participate in evening Recaps or special guest events. Life aboard is casual in every respect. There is no need for formal clothing, although you are welcome to bring casually festive attire for the fun of it. And you’ll find shipboard services like laundry make packing and traveling more convenient.
Equipped for active exploration Endeavour II is equipped with cool tools for exploration that help you experience the full range of wildness on a Galápagos island trip.
Below is the itinerary and link to the website for our optional Peru Land of the Inca program/extension.
Day-By-Day: An in-depth look at what it’s like to explore expedition-style
Flexibility is a hallmark of Lindblad-National Geographic expeditions, so our day-to-day itinerary may change plans to take advantage of conditions or wildlife activity, or photographers may decide to linger through the golden hour of light.
DAY 1: U.S./Lima, Peru
Upon arrival in Lima this evening, check-in at the Wyndham Costa del Sol, conveniently located right at the airport. Rest and relax at the hotel before our early departure tomorrow.
DAY 2: Lima/Cusco/Sacred Valley of the Inca
This morning we board our flight over the Andes to Cusco. Upon arrival, drive through the fabled and fertile Urubamba Valley to Moray—a visually stunning Inca site known for its agricultural terraces. After lunch and an opportunity to experience a local market, check-in at Sol y Luna for two nights. This serene Relais & Chateaux hotel entices with individual adobe casitas set in a verdant garden. (B,L,D)
DAY 3: Sacred Valley of the Inca
Spend the day exploring the archaeological sites and culture of the Sacred Valley in the company of National Geographic expert Peter Frost, who has lived and worked in Peru for decades. He (or occasionally a colleague, if he is in the field) joins us for a talk at the hotel and continues with us to Ollantaytambo, where massive stone walls stand sentry over a thriving Inca community. Lunch is nearby at a working, family-owned hacienda. Here we are also treated to a show of Peruvian Paso horses, and National Geographic grantee Nilda Callañaupa, founder of El Centro de Textiles Tradicionales de Cusco, joins us to demonstrate Inca weaving traditions. Dinner tonight is at the hotel. (B,L,D)
DAY 4: Sacred Valley/Machu Picchu
This morning marvel at the tropical Andean scenery and life along the river from panoramic windows on the train to Machu Picchu—the Inca royal retreat famously introduced to the world by Hiram Bingham in the April 1913 issue of National Geographic magazine. Set at less than 8,000 feet, the sanctuary is set in a tropical mountain forest with diverse birds and orchids. Check-in at the historic 31-room Belmond Sanctuary Lodge, adjacent to the World Heritage site, with the leisure to explore over two days in the company of our hand-picked tour director and local guides. We linger after day-visitors are long gone. Lunch and dinner is at the Hotel’s private Tampu Restaurant. (B,L,D)
DAY 5: Machu Picchu/Cusco
Awaken this morning at Machu Picchu, where our options include an early hike to the Sun Gate, the ancient final checkpoint to Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail. After lunch, return through the valley to Cusco, center of the Inca universe and a burgeoning Andean cultural capital. Check-in at the Belmond Hotel Monasterio for two nights in the ancient heart of Cusco. Like many colonial-era buildings, our hotel—founded as a monastery in 1592—stands atop a fountain in Inca-carved stone. (B,L,D)
DAY 6: Cusco
Explore the magnificently ornate 17th-century cathedral and Plaza de Armas, the sacred Inca Temple of the Sun and other treasures of Cusco this morning. Visit nearby Sacsayhuaman, where impressive terrace walls, some of the finest stonework we’ve seen yet, command views over the city. Relax, shop, or visit Cusco’s many churches and museums this afternoon. Dinner is on your own tonight. (B,L)
DAY 7: Cusco/Lima
Return to vibrant, coastal Lima this morning, where on a tour we stroll the Plaza Mayor and delight in a private farewell lunch with a special musical presentation at Casa Aliaga—in the same family for 17 generations. After a visit to the extraordinary Larco Museum, dedicated to pre-Columbian art, check-in at Belmond Miraflores Park, set along a fashionable seaside promenade. Dinner is on your own. (B,L)
DAY 8: Lima/U.S.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home—or onto Iquitos or Amazon. (B)
From $5,690pp or $7,800 for a solo
|Cancellation Terms for the Cruise|
|Number of Days Prior to Expedition Start||Per Person Cancellation Fee|
|180 or more days||Advance payment cost|
|179–120 days||25% of trip cost|
|119-90 days||50% of trip cost|
|89-0 days||No refund|
Payments can be made via credit card.
Email Carol@andrewstravel.net for the forms
Deposit $750 for the cruise and $750 for the Peru extension
Trip Insurance quotes available upon request. Trip insurance is highly recommended and those declining will be required to sign a waiver declining insurance.
**Photos by Michael Nolan, David Vargas, Marco Ricca, and Stewart Cohen